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Impilo Mapantsula: Dance is life!

Impilo Mapantsula is an organisation that supports and develops the living legacy of the genuinely South African dance form pantsula in South Africa and around the world. We believe in art as a fundamental human form of expression and use the potential of dance as a universal language to unite young people across cultural, racial, and social borders. We create opportunities for learning skills, artistic creation and self-expression in dance through educational, artistic and professional programmes, with an emphasis on international collaborations, exchange and shared experiences.


Background

Despite its increasing international success, the social responsibilities taken on by its practitioners in their communities and its potential to provide interesting job opportunities for the disadvantaged youth, pantsula struggles to gain mainstream acceptance. While the culture on one side is still associated with low social status, immorality, and crime in the townships, the dance-form, on the other side, has long found its place in the hearts of all audiences. Impilo Mapantsula contributes to the broader investigation of pantsula as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of South Africa.


What we do
Impilo Mapantsula is a professional organisation founded by pantsulas in 2012 to promote the development of pantsula, create formal standards and act as an industry representative. We inform about pantsula, give workshops and training, organise events, and represent pantsula dancers and pantsula crews - contact us for more information.



Who we are:
Impilo Mapantsula Founding Directors


Daniela Goeller
Researcher (PhD in Art History) and Arts Management Agent
research associate at University of Johannesburg and Université de Paris 1 Sorbonne

Vusi Mdoyi
Dancer, Choreographer
Director of Vusi Arts Pro, former co-director of the company Via Katlehong - Katlehong - Ekurhuleni

Sello Modiga
Dancer, Choreographer
Director of the company Real Actions Pantsula - Orange Farm - Vaal

Joshua Mokoena
Dancer, Choreographer
Director of the company Ezomdabu - Vosloorus - Ekurhuleni

Sicelo Xaba
Dancer, Choreographer
Director of the company Red for Danger - Mohlakeng - Randfontein














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Daniela Goeller
Vusi Mdoyi
Sello Modiga
Joshua Mokoena
Sicelo Xaba

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